• What 'American Sniper' says about 2016 election Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 11:39 AM ET
    Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper"

    Hey, 2016 presidential candidates — Are you paying attention to what "American Sniper" is telling you?

  • TOKYO, Feb 1- The beheading of two Japanese citizens by Islamic State militants is fanning calls to allow Japan's long-constrained military to conduct overseas rescue missions as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push for a more muscular security posture. Even some advocates of legal changes to make rescues possible, however, say Japan's military faces big...

  • Islamic State says it beheaded second Japanese hostage Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 10:51 PM ET
    Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, speaks to reporters while her husband Yukio Ishido stands beside her at their home in Tokyo on February 1.

    Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.

  • *Abe defiant, says Japan will step up aid to IS opponents. *Japan opposition says no need to provoke militants. The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released the video showing a hooded man standing over Goto with a knife to his throat, followed by footage of a head put on the back of a human body.

  • Japan hostage negotiations with militants 'deadlocked' Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 5:56 AM ET
    Japan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yasuhide Nakayama speaks to the media outside the Japanese embassy

    Efforts by Japan and Jordan to secure the release of two of their nationals held captive by Islamic State militants remain "deadlocked" and the situation remains highly unpredictable, Japanese officials said.

  • What is ISIS' motive for taking foreign hostages?  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:22 PM ET

    ISIS intends to use Japan's hostage crisis to increase its own profile, says Stephen Nagy, Associate Professor for Politics & International Relations at International Christian University.

  • ISIS sets new deadline for hostage swap Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 2:07 AM ET
    Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province, June 30, 2014.

    An audio message from a Japanese captive held by ISIS militants said a captured Jordanian pilot would be killed unless an Iraqi prisoner was released.

  • Sen. McCain: Arm free Syrian army  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    We need a strategy, says Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), discussing transition in Saudi Arabia amid instability in the Middle East and ISIS terror attacks.

  • Mother of Japanese ISIS captive begs PM to save son Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 1:53 AM ET

    The mother of ISIS captive appealed for his life after a released video saying he had 24 hours left unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber.

  • A turning point in the war against ISIS Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:27 PM ET
    A Kurdish man holds up a weapon as he tours with others the streets of Ras al-Ain in celebration, after it was reported that Kurdish forces took control of the Syrian town of Kobani, January 26, 2015.

    The liberation of this Syrian city marks a turning point in the war against ISIS, says David Phillips.

  • Suspected Boko Haram militants attack Nigeria city Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 8:14 AM ET

    Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked Nigeria's major northeastern city of Maiduguri and the town of Monguno on Sunday, sources said.

  • Japan condemns ISIS execution Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 6:04 AM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    The Japanese Prime Minister on Sunday called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants "outrageous."

  • Police arrest 4 Islamist terror suspects in Spain Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 5:33 PM ET
    Police forces gather in street outside the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris

    Spain's authorities arrested four people in its North African enclave of Ceuta suspected of belonging to a militant Islamist network.

  • ISIS deadline passes, no word on Japanese hostages  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 1:16 PM ET

    The 72-hour deadline to pay a $200 million ransom for Japanese hostages held by ISIS in Syria has passed. Insight, with Chris Voss, former FBI lead international hostage and kidnapping negotiator, and Amb. Ed Walker, Middle East Institute.

  • Falling oil? I worry more about terror: Norway PM Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:52 AM ET

    Norway may be Europe's biggest oil exporter, but its premier is less concerned about energy prices than security issues around terrorism and Russia.

  • Rep. Issa: GOP issues in focus  Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:52 AM ET
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif) at the 2015 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), weighs in the on the Republican agenda, including trade agreements, Keystone and tax reform.

  • 'Abe is in an impossible situation': Eurasia  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:40 PM ET

    Ian Bremmer , President of Eurasia Group, says Prime Minister Abe may not be able to negotiate with the Islamist militants who have threatened to kill two Japanese nationals by Friday unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom.

  • Ukraine President: Must stop this 'terrorism'  Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 AM ET

    At Davos, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko talks to CNBC about how the country needs help from the rest of the world to stop its conflict with Russia.

  • European Union is the 'best club'  Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 AM ET

    At Davos 2015, Dalia Grybauskaite, president of Lithuania, talks about the tensions between Ukraine and Russia, saying she supports Ukraine and we will not embrace "terroristic behavior or military aggression."

  • Can Obama bridge political divide?  Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 7:32 AM ET

    Lanhee Chen, Hoover Institution, and Michael Feldman, Glover Park Group, provide their thoughts on what we can expect to hear from President Obama when he addresses the nation Tuesday night.